Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis passed fit for ICC Champions Trophy

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis passed fit for ICC Champions Trophy

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis passed fit for ICC Champions Trophy

Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev is not losing sleep over the recent lean patch of Virat Kohli and is confident that the Delhi stalwart will bounce back into form in the ICC Champions Trophy commencing on June 1. I'm not sure what the pitches are going to be like, but we know the grounds quite well and that knowledge and experience can come into it a little bit. He will bounce back. "The World Cup is huge, but for now we have an opportunity, to play three good ODIs against England and then the Champions Trophy, and that's what I am focusing in on right now", said the Proteas ODI skipper.

Along with Kohli, the 37-year-old also backed MS Dhoni to get runs in the eight-team event, starting from the 1st of June in England. "If your captain starts getting runs, it is the best thing that can happen", he added.

The event, which formed part of the Nissan Trophy Tour, was a partnership event between Warwickshire County Cricket Club, the European Central Bank, the National Asian Cricket Council (NACC) and Attock Cricket Club, aimed at deepening the ties between Birmingham's South Asian communities, ahead of India's clash with Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.

Hailing Dhoni as an all-rounder in the true sense, Kapil who led underdogs India to an unforgettable World Cup triumph in 1983, said it is not only the bowling or batting skills that makes a cricketer an all-round option for a team. "I might not have got a hundred, but I am hitting the ball as well as ever", he said.

"I'm not anxious, I had a few decent knocks (in the IPL)". "On paper it (team) looks very good".

Swashbuckling South African batsman AB de Villiers has insisted that he is not anxious about his current form and would be coming out with some big scores in the upcoming tour of England and the ICC Champions Trophy. "Both of them have a lot of respect among the youngsters". As for Gayle's favourites for the Champions Trophy, while India look a well-balanced side, Pakistan do have the tendency to blow hot and cold and so terming them favourites could be a gamble.

"His mindset is better than anything else and I have started respecting him much more than what I had seen on the first day when he played a ODI match", said Kapil, who had captured 434 wickets from 131 Test matches. The Indians are lucky as they have played the IPL which is no small matter. I don't think I like to compare, but these boys take more pressure and play more cricket. "But it doesn't mean anything - we have to go out there and play at a very high level to have any chance of winning it".

Pakistan, according to Kapil, would be the underdogs in the India-Pakistan clash in Birmingham. Pakistan has nothing to lose at this stage.

In the 1980s, the Pakistan team was better, they beat us more times; but in the last 15 years, the Indian team has become better. They have everything to gain.

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